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Netanyahu: Hamas anti-aircraft missiles restricting Israeli air ops

TEL AVIV — Israel has reported restrictions on air operations over the Gaza Strip amid the Hamas military buildup.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas has obtained air defense systems that hampered Israel Air Force operations, Middle East Newsline reported. In the first such acknowledgement, Netanyahu said Hamas has acquired advanced surface-to-air missiles that prevented Israeli Air Force operations over the Gaza Strip.

"I don't know if you know this, but today we are struggling to fly near Gaza because they have anti-aircraft missiles there," Netanyahu said.

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In an address to his Likud Party on Oct. 18, Netanyahu outlined the Hamas military threat to Israel. The prime minister said Hamas's new SAMs, which he did not identify, have been deployed around the Gaza Strip.

Over the last month, Egypt was said to have captured at least two shipments of SAMs destined for the Gaza Strip. The SAMs were believed to have been Iranian variants of the Russian-origin SA-14 shoulder-fired, short-range SAM.

Netanyahu said Hamas has also acquired long-range surface-to-surface missiles and rockets. He said these weapons could strike Israeli cities as well as Ben-Gurion International Airport.

"The security problem is not just the new rockets that will enter the area and will threaten city centers," Netanyahu said. "We need to find long-term solutions that give Israel security."


When Hamas threatens Israel with extinction every day, having missiles like this is a very big provocation and danger. Hamas are murderers and terrorists. The rest of you are learning this each day... Why does the world consider this ok?

Martin      11:49.m. / Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Excellent news. Why shouldn't Gazans have defense systems? They need them more than anyone else. Israel, stay out of other people's airspace.

Noisy Tappet      5:40 a.m. / Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The only way is to go in and get them. Send in special elite forces to go in and blow up this arsenal. Hamas shouldn't be allowed to have this kind of weaponry. So what do the Europeans, the U.S. and the critics have to say? Suddenly silent? Hypocrisy never fails to amaze.

Len      11:25 p.m. / Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Why does Israel need to fly over Gaza? Haven't they "secured" the Gaza strip sufficiently? Aren't they happy with their restrictions in place now?

Helene G. Lyne      7:45 p.m. / Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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